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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which comes with core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should in theory be much better than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be quite a bit (approximately 200%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (200%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be a lot (more or less 243%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (243%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 1GB

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92a/b GF108
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 16
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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